Somerset Women beat Wales to earn promotion
Somerset’s Women’s team will be playing in Division One next season after a resounding 141 run victory over Wales at the County Ground in Taunton on Sunday.
Sophie Luff hit an unbeaten 138 before Somerset captain Anya Shrubsole reduced Wales to 23 for four in the ninth over after which there was no way back.
Somerset won the toss and after choosing to bat lost a wicket early on before Luff joined Georgie Adcock to take the total onto 102 in the 24th over when the opener was out for 32, which included six 4s.
Luff was then joined by the skipper and together they added 56 for the third wicket when Shrubsole was dismissed for 37 which came off 41 balls with seven 4s.
Nichole Richards and Luff came together in the 35th over with the total on 158 and remained together until the close of the innings, by which time Somerset had reached 275 for three off 50 overs.
Luff remained unbeaten on 138 which came off 158 balls and included 17 fours while Richards was not out 34 off 39 with six 4s.
When Wales replied Anya Shrubsole, who has enjoyed a hugely successful Ashes series this summer, accounted for the top four batters in her first five overs after which only Lauren Parfitt with 78 and Rebecca Struthers with 15 offered any real resistance.
Wales were eventually all out for 134 in the 42nd over, Jackie Hawker picking up three of the last four wickets to end with three for 26 from here nine overs, while the captain had four for 14 from her five.
Afterwards Anya Shrubsole said: “This was a very good result for us and a really good way for us to end the season. We have had a good team throughout the summer and produced some excellent performances.
“Sophie Luff once again led the way with the bat hitting a big hundred. She has batted brilliantly all season and this was her second hundred for us. This summer she has scored a lot of runs for us and has deserved to score them the way she has batted.
“A few others chipped in with the bat to get us up to what was an above par total of 275 after which we had a good all round performance with the ball and in the field to see us home.”
Talking about her four wickets Anya said: “When I bowled the ball swung around a little bit and put the ball in the right place, but it was a good all round performance.
“We have had a couple of near misses in the play offs so it is third time lucky for us and to get promoted outright as league champions is testament to all the girls and the three years hard work that we have put in.”
Anya added : “I think we are in a really good place to go up now and hopefully we can give a good account of ourselves in Division One next year. “